Research group

Chemical Biology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics

We contribute to the progress of new developments in healthcare, the environment, bioenergy systems and bio-nanotechnology.

Part of Chemistry


Our group's research across both chemistry and biology means we are multidisciplinary by nature. We investigate the properties of a wide range of biomolecules, including DNA, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates. These can range from small synthetic models to biologically-derived macromolecular (large molecule) complexes. 

We regularly work in collaboration within the University of Southampton, with other institutions or with industrial partners.

Our current research projects include:

  • enzyme catalysis
  • protein-protein interactions
  • post-translational modifications
  • lipidomics

People, projects and publications


Mr Albert Ferriol Monjo

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow ITN
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Professor Ali Tavassoli

Professor of Chemical Biology
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Dr Anna Crisford

Research Fellow in Biomedical Microscopy
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Dr Chloe Howells PhD

Research Fellow
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Dr Dipanjan Bhattacharya

Senior Research Fellow
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Dr Eugen Stulz

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • DNA chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Medicinal chemistry

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Fernando Duraes

Research Fellow
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Emeritus Professor George Attard

Research interests

  • the primary focus of my research is on understanding the fundamental properties and behaviour of complex chemical systems;
  • the discovery that certain types of naturally-occuring glycosides, when formulated to produce self-assembled nanoparticles are potent modulators of immune responses;
  • the discovery that lyotropic liquid crystalline phases can be used as templates for the synthesis of nanostructured mesoporous oxides, semiconductors and metals, which led to the foundation of Nanotecture PLC, a University spin-out;
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Dr George Williams

Senior Research Fellow

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Mr James Read

Research Fellow
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We research the development of chemistry-driven approaches to modulate proteins’ physiological activity in a wide sense, with the ultimate goal to deliver new tools to study proteins’ function in living systems.
Associate Professor